William Guzman and Ainara Elbusto Arteaga Power Past the Field to Win the Inaugural Red Hook Crit London

Posted 2 weeks, 1 day ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Rockstar


Red Hook Crit London 2015 winners Ainara Elbusto Arteaga and William Guzman on the podium. [Photo: Francesco Rachello & Eloise Mavian]

Thousands of spectators turned out in beautiful London weather to witness cycling speed and thrills as the Red Hook Crit made its UK debut outside of the O2 Arena on London’s Greenwich Peninsula. Congratulations to William Guzman and Ainara Elbusto Arteaga for taking first in the Men’s and Women’s final respectively. The 1.1km circuit was deceptively challenging, requiring both fine-tuned handling skills to negotiate a series of technical corners and raw strength to power away from the field down the wind-swept straightaways.

Onboard video footage from Neil Bezdek of Red Hook Crit London No.1#redhookcrit #rhcl1

Posted by Red Hook Criterium on Sunday, July 12, 2015

In the women’s race, the first lap prime* saw local British rider Jo Smith take command by out sprinting Series Leader and Spanish rider Ainara Elbusto Arteaga to start the evening. A series of attacks on the backstretch kept the pace high and it was an attack through the start-finish by Kacey Manderfield Lloyd that only Arteaga was able to follow. This continued a fierce, competitive rivalry that began in Brooklyn and would continue throughout the inaugural race. Over the course of a few laps, four more riders bridged to Lloyd and Arteaga including Ash Duban, Sammi Runnels, Fleur Faure and Jo Celso. Artega, Runnels, Duban and Lloyd did most of the pulling while Faure and Celso were rarely on the front until the final 6 laps when Faure began her series of attacks that would win her the Rockstar Games Award for Top Antagonist, in recognition of her aggressiveness and determination throughout the race. The race ended with a dramatic surge sprint from Lloyd in the final 100m, forcing Arteaga into a showdown for the finish as she held off Lloyd’s charge by a wheel length to take the race in thrilling fashion.


Manderfield-Lloyd (black and pink jersey) makes a move for the lead but eventual race winner Artega (red jersey) holds out in front. [Photo: Francesco Rachello & Eloise Mavian]

The sun began to set and the crowds of spectators continued to wrap around the circuit before the men’s feature race. With the top ten riders on the grid posting qualifying times all within one second of each other, we knew the race was going to be a fast one.

Brooklyn No. 7 winner Thibaud Lhenry, gained an early advantage but it was local Londoner Alec Briggs and Italian Nicholas Varani who made the race’s first breakaway. Back in the field, however, series veteran Mario Paz Duque and American Zac Felpel were spurred on by the prime bell and Paz Duque powered through to take the first lap prime, his 4th consecutive first lap prime extending back to Barcelona in 2014. That move would cause alarm in the field and American Addison Zawada took to the front to bring the gap down and neutralize the break.


A very happy Addison Zawada holds up his Rockstar Top Antagonist trophy. [Photo: Jack Chevell]

The split between the front and back halves of the field extended in the second half of the race and ultimately a pack of 31 riders made up the front pack going into the final lap. Top favorites including Ivan Ravaoli, Paz Duque, Lhenry, Augusto Reati, and surprise finishers from Brooklyn No. 8 William Guzman and Raul Torres Pagaza were all in the lead pack and any of these athletes were capable of winning the race.

But it was fastest qualifier Guzman, who had been lying in wait for the previous 23 laps, who displayed a phenomenal finishing sprint in the final 300m to take the victory.


William Guzman crosses the finish line after a gutsy sprint to take the first Red Hook Criterium London. [Photo: Jack Chevell]

Despite the challenging course, the race boasted the largest finishing field ever, with 70 riders completing the race – more finishers than any other race in RHC history. There is now a tie in the overall Men’s Series standings between William Guzman and Ivan Ravaoli, at 59 points each. Thibaud Lhenry jumped to 3rd place overall edging out Raul Torres Pagaza, who sits 4th. In the Women’s Series, Ainara Elbusto Arteaga continues to lead with 79 points, followed by Kacey Lloyd and Fleur Faure.

The series continues to Barcelona with part three of the four-part championship taking place on September 5th.


Reece Wood and George Garnier of London’s 5th Floor Racing steady each other on the start line of the first Red Hook Crit London.

Men’s Results
1.     William Guzman (PR)
2.     Mario Paz Duque (CO)
3.     Thibaud Lhenry (FR)
4.     Ivan Ravaioli (IT)
5.     Fabio Scazaratti (IT)
6.     Augusto Reati (IT)
7.     Daniele Callegarin (IT)
8.     Zac Felpel (US)
9.     Roberto Barone (IT)
10.   Raul Torres Pagaza (MX) 

1st Lap (Breakfast prime): Mario Paz Duque (CO)
Halfway (Dinner prime): Nicolas Variani (IT)
Fastest Lap Qualifying Time: William Guzman (PR)
Rockstar Top Antagonist: Addison Zawada (19th place) (US)


The Red Hook Criterium London is underway – a record 70 riders would go on to finish the race. [Photo: Francesco Rachello & Eloise Mavian]

Women’s Results
1.     Ainara Elbusto Arteaga (ES)
2.     Kacey Lloyd (US)
3.     Ash Duban (US)
4.     Sammi Runnels (US)
5.     Fleur Faure (FR)
6.     Jo Celso (US)
7.     Jo Smith (GB)
8.     Gretchen Stumhofer (US)
9.     Keira McVitty (GB)
10.   Stefania Baldi (IT)

1st Lap (Breakfast prime): Jo Smith (GB)
Halfway (Dinner prime): Ainara Elbusto Arteaga (ES)
Fastest Lap Qualifying Time: Ainara Elbusto Arteaga (ES)
Rockstar Top Antagonist: Fleur Faure (FR)

*Prime: A prize offered to the first rider across the start/finish line on a designated lap. RHC offers a first lap and mid-race prize.


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The Red Hook Crit Heads to London for the First Time, This Saturday July 11th

The Red Hook Crit Heads to London for the First Time, This Saturday July 11th

Posted 3 weeks, 1 day ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Rockstar

The Red Hook Crit - the world’s premier track bike crit featuring professional road racers, track specialists, bike messengers, and urban cyclists competing over multiple laps around a fast, technical circuit - makes its London debut this Saturday, July 11th. Hosted at the iconic Greenwich Peninsula, outside the O2 Arena, athletes will race along the waterfront circuit in the second leg of the four part 2015 Championship Series.

Hard-fought battles in the first race at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal back in April shaped the current standings and London will see the return of top competitors from both the Men’s and Women’s fields. 2014 series champion Arinara Elbusto Arteaga defends her first place position against French professional Fleur Faure, past RHC winners Kacey Manderfield Lloyd and Ash Duban. The men’s race in Brooklyn was transformed by a crash in the lead pack during the final laps, allowing Italian Ivan Ravaioli to seize the lead and fend off the chase pack for first place. Young bloods Luis Junquera and Raul Torres will be in pursuit of the pole position, but the field is packed with seasoned RHC powerhouse athletes setting the stage for a world-class event. 


[Photo Credit: Jason Sellers]

The Rockstar Award for Top Antagonist also comes to London, awarded in both final criteriums to the riders whose tactics, tenacity and strength most affect the race regardless of their final standing.

The race is free for spectators and we invite everyone in the London area to check out one of the coolest bike races in the world. For more information, visit redhookcrit.com or check out the official Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. For a glimpse of the action, check out the video below:

Experience the thrill of high-speed track bike criterium racing on the streets of London when the Red Hook Criterium comes to London’s Greenwich Peninsula on Saturday, July 11th. Free for spectators and accessible via the Jubilee Line. Races begin at 19:30.#redhookcrit #rhcl1 #greenwichpeninsula

Posted by Red Hook Criterium on Monday, July 6, 2015


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The 2015 Red Hook Criterium Championship Series Heads to London, Barcelona and Milan
Red Hook Crit Brooklyn No. 8 Recap

The 2015 Red Hook Criterium Championship Series Heads to London, Barcelona and Milan

Posted on May 28 2015, 12:06pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Rockstar

For the first time ever, the Red Hook Crit comes to the spectacular waterfront circuit at the iconic Greenwich Peninsula for the inaugural London race on July 11th. The second leg of this year's global Championship Series, the top finishers from last month's thrilling race at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal will now fight it out with other hopeful competitors across Europe - starting with the July race in London, before stops in Barcelona on September 5th and Milan on October 10th.


Course design draws inspiration from Formula 1 and is fine-tuned for a fast and exciting bike race.

One of the most visually spectacular, spectator friendly and exciting cycling races around, The Red Hook Crit's racing format, course designs, and international venues are inspired by Formula 1 motorsport and produce intense competition and passionate athletes who compete ferociously in both individual races and throughout the overall championship series.


The Brooklyn No. 8 Podium Ceremony. Rockstar Award for Top Antagonist winner Chaz Christiansen doing his best Lady Liberty impression with trophy in hand on the left. Photo Cred: State Bicycle.

The Red Hook Crit first expanded into a year-long international racing series in 2013 with races in Red Hook, the Brooklyn Navy Yards, Barcelona and Milan – each venue selected as prime locations to replicate the aesthetics and culture of the original Red Hook race. The addition of London this year makes the Red Hook Crit the only track bike racing series with stops in New York City and London, and firmly establishes it as a truly international racing series.


The course in Parc del Forum Barcelona overlooks the Balearic Sea and is dotted with large architectural landmarks, similar to Red Hook’s view of the Hudson River and iconic Statue of Liberty. Photo Cred: Jack Chevell

The Championship Series is a continual points series where the top 25 finishers accumulate points over the course of four races. Points count towards both individual and team series standings, and additional points are awarded for winning primes; the first-lap prime is awarded to the first to cross the finish after the first lap, and the mid-race prime is the first to cross the finish at the halfway point of the race. 


Mid-Race Prime winner Thibaud Lhenry leads First Lap Prime winner Mario Paz Duque at Brooklyn No. 8. Photo Cred: Jason Sellers

The first race of the 2015 Championship Series in Red Hook, Brooklyn on April 25th, saw a fast, talented and immensely competitive field battle through an incredibly exciting start to the series.

For the women’s criterium, Kacey Manderfield Lloyd, who famously won the inaugural Red Hook Crit in 2008, surprised the field by qualifying in pole position with a time of 1:42 (26.97 mph average speed). Ainara Elbusto Arteaga, last year’s RHC Women’s Series winner, raced very aggressively from the gun, taking the first and mid-race primes. At the end of the night, with an average speed of 23.98 mph, the race came down to a field sprint and Lloyd placed third behind Fleur Faure, with Arteaga taking the win and positioning herself as this year’s rider to beat in the women’s field. The top 5 women at Brooklyn are all known names to the RHC, but we think there might be a few more European competitors who manage to surprise the women in London and beyond.


Kacey Manderfiled Lloyd and Ash Duban chasing down Ainara Elbusto Arteaga. Photo Cred: Jason Sellers

For the men’s race, reigning champion Thibaud Lhenry lined up in pole position, though it was his Team Cinelli Chrome teammate Stefan Vis who qualified fastest with a 1:27.821 (31.26 mph average speed). Vis was unable to start due to a crash in qualifying. From the gun, Mario Paz Duque and Thibaud Lhenry battled at the front, earning the first-lap prime and mid-race prime respectively. With three laps to go, the race was transformed when Nicholas Varani crashed in turn 10 while sitting third wheel, taking out the lead group including two of his teammates and many pre-race favorites.  With this reshuffling of the field, it was Ivan Ravaioli who made his appearance at the front and he never let the pressure off. In the finishing sprint, challengers Raul Torres Pagaza and Luis Junquera began to reel in Ravaioli. Ravaioli held them off by a wheel claiming his first Red Hook Crit title in front of thousands of screaming fans, setting an average speed of 27.19 mph over the 30 kilometer course. 


An infrared finish line photo showing Ivan Ravaioli in first, followed by Luis Junquera, Raul Torres and William Guzman.

Red Hook Crit Brooklyn No. 8 also saw the emergence of many new names in the ferociously competitive field, with many surprisingly young riders finishing in the top 10. Will these young guns still hold their own through the rest of the series? Will they out-pedal many of the seasoned veterans and pre-race favorites who crashed? 


Ivan Ravaioli speeds through the race changing pile-up in the final corner with three laps to go.

As excitement mounts for the next stop in London, it is far too early to discount both seasoned favorites and up-and-comers who are all in-the-hunt for series points and glory. Be sure to follow the Red Hook Crit on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest news and updates.

Individual Standings: Men's | Women's
Team Standings: Men's | Women's


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Red Hook Crit Brooklyn No. 8 Recap

Red Hook Crit Brooklyn No. 8 Recap

Posted on April 28 2015, 6:27pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Rockstar

The 8th annual Red Hook Crit at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal featured some of the finest racing in the history of the series, as experienced athletes and ambitious newcomers all fought for a place on the podium at the kickoff event for the 2015 Championship Series. 

 
Ivan Ravaioli celebrates his dramatic win in the Men’s Criterium at this weekend’s Red Hook Crit Championship Series opener at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. [Photo: Takuya Sakamoto]

Victory in the men’s criterium was earned in breathtaking fashion by one of the favorites, Ivan Ravaioli of Italy. While a relative newcomer to the Crit, Ravaioli came to the start line with an impressive racing pedigree, which includes being a World Tour rider as well as starts in classics such as the Milan - SanRemo and a grand tour start at the Giro d’Italia. He displayed his strength and ability in his debut at Milan last year and bested Luis Junquera of Spain by a mere wheel length after an impressive attack in the final sprint to the finish. The race was transformed with three laps to go when a crash took out the first prime winner Mario Paz Duque, top antagonist winner Chas Christiansen and many other pre-race favorites.

 
This year’s top finishers gather on the podium. [Photo: Takuya Sakamoto]

Mexico’s newcomer, Raul Torres, finished in a close 3rd. Professional mountain bike racer and 2014 Series ChampionThibaud Lhenry, earned pole position after fastest qualifier and previous Red Hook Crit winner Stefan Vis crashed out with a broken collar bone. Lhenry earned a sixth place finish after an incredibly strong race. The Rockstar Award for Top Antagonist from the men’s field was taken by San Francisco native Chas Christiansen representing Mash SF.

 
Ivan Ravaioli beating out Luis Junquera by a wheel length at the finish line.

 
Team Cinelli Chrome’s Alfred Bobe Jr. during the afternoon’s qualifying session. [Photo: Takuya Sakamoto]

For the Women’s Criterium, Kacey Manderfield Lloyd, who most notably won the inaugural Red Hook Crit in 2008, qualified in pole position and placed third behind Fleur Faure and winner Ainara Elbusto Artega. With the win, Artega positioned herself as this year’s rider to beat in the women’s field. She also won the 2014 women’s series after sweeping both primes and taking the win at Barcelona, and securing a prime before taking 2nd in Milan last year. She is also a UCI World Cup contender and multi-time podium finisher at the Spanish National Championships. Her constant attacks on the front, and phenomenal strength earned her the Rockstar Award for Top Antagonist in addition to the win.

 
Artega crosses the finish against the backdrop of the winner’s podium and the Statue of Liberty. [Photo: Takuya Sakamoto]

 
Turn seven of the women’s criterium. [Photo: Takuya Sakamoto]

Congratulations are in order to all the athletes who competed in the day’s events, including Eliud Ngetich, who won the 5k race with a blazing 14:21. Also, a huge thank you to all the Red Hook Crit staff who work tirelessly to make these events happen, as well as the Red Hook Crit volunteers without whom none of this would be possible.

 
Men’s qualifying group 1 on the starting grid. [Photo: Takuya Sakamoto]

 
Distance runner Eliud ‘Heldy’ Ngetich sets a blistering pace in the 5k race that preceded the finals for the Women’s and Men’s Criterium. [Photo: Takuya Sakamoto]


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Rockstar Games Presents the Red Hook Criterium Brooklyn No. 8

Rockstar Games Presents the Red Hook Criterium Brooklyn No. 8

Posted on April 20 2015, 12:25pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Rockstar

This Saturday marks the return of the Red Hook Criterium, the world's premier track bike criterium and Rockstar Games is proud to once again to be the presenting sponsor. 

From its roots in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, the race has exploded within the cycling community and sports world. What sets the Red Hook Crit apart from traditional road and track bike racing is the unique format: athletes sprint through a short 1.25km “Formula 1 style” racing circuit riding brakeless, fixed-gear track bikes, traditionally raced in an oval-shaped velodrome. Cyclists must navigate hairpin turns, winding chicanes, and each other over the course of 24 laps in an attempt to be the first across the finish. 

Here is the full schedule of events:

SATURDAY, April 25 (times subject to change)

Qualifying: 12:00pm – 3:50pm
Last Chance Race: 6:00pm – 6:30pm
5K: 7:00pm – 7:30pm
Women’s Criterium: 8:00pm – 8:45pm
Men’s Criterium: 9:00pm – 9:45pm 
Podium Ceremony: 10:00pm – 10:30pm

The Rockstar Award for Top Antagonist returns for both the men’s race and women’s race, awarded to the athlete who without consideration for their final position, most affects the outcome of the race through a combination of tactics, determination, and sheer strength.  

For those of you in the NY area, admission is free for the full day of events. We hope to see you down there!

For more details, visit redhookcrit.com or check them out on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Congrats to Eduard Grosu and Ash Duban, Winners of the Red Hook Crit Milano Race and 2014 Series Champions Thibaud Lhenry and Ainara Elbusto Artega

Posted on October 13 2014, 3:17pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Rockstar

 
Race and series winners gather on the podium to share a well-deserved drink as the 2015 Red Hook Criterium Championship Series draws to a close. Photo by Francesco Rachello.

The rain in Milan held out just long enough for the winners to celebrate on the podium, as Eduard Grosu of Romania won the final stage of this year’s men’s Red Hook Criterium and France’s Thibaud Lhenry took the series championship after finishing in 16th place on the day. Ash Duban from Austin, Texas took the gold in the women’s race followed by Barcelona winner and this year’s women’s champion Ainara Elbusto Artega from Spain.


Cycling icon Luciano Berruti lines up with the athletes before taking them out on the lead out lap – a tradition of the RHC Milano race. Photo by Francesco Rachello.

Grosu rode to victory in the men's race at Milano for the second straight year, and was followed by former pro and RHC newcomer Ivan Ravaioli and Barcelona winner Julio Padilla, finishing second and third respectively. In the women’s race, Fleur Faure captured third behind Duban and Artega. Congratulations also go out to team series winners Iride-Demode Sc for Men’s and Desgena for Women’s. And special shout out to Team Cinelli Chrome for taking second place in the Men’s team points series - Cinelli is a truly passionate co-sponsor and their team's riding abilities are elite.


Race winner Eduard Grosu taking one of the fastest corners of the circuit. Photo by Francesco Rachello.

With a course designed for speed, the race was incredibly fast. With a pace clocking in at around 30mph, the field stretched out into a long, snaking chain of 95 competitors. Pole position was fiercely contested by the likes of series veteran Evan Murphy, Ravaioli and Padilla. Not far behind was Diego Yepez from Mexico, whose constant attacks on the front kept a fire lit under the race winners to keep their spots, and earned him the Rockstar Games Award for Top Antagonist.


Ash Duban shouts in celebration as she crosses the line to take first place in the women's race. Photo by Francesco Rachello.

As the cycling season draws to an end, it has been amazing to watch just how much the Red Hook Crit has grown once again this year. With thousands of spectators attending the races rain-or-shine in New York, Barcelona and Milan, plus increased coverage from major sports and news outlets, we cannot wait to see what the 2015 series will bring. Be sure to keep up with the Red Hook Crit on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, plus keep an eye on the Rockstar Warehouse for official Red Hook Crit Rockstar gear coming soon.


Diego Yepez is all smiles as he joins the race winners to collect the Rockstar Games Top Antagonist Award. Photo by Francesco Rachello.

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The Red Hook Crit Championship Series Finale Heads to Milan
The 2014 Red Hook Criterium Championship Cycling Series

The Red Hook Crit Championship Series Finale Heads to Milan

Posted on October 7 2014, 12:30pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Rockstar

Following the intense competition from Barcelona, the Red Hook Crit Championship Series heads to its final stop in Milan this Saturday. The championship standings for both the Men’s and Women’s series are up for grabs. In each case, the top 15 leaders in the series standings are mathematically viable for the top three positions. 

2014 has been an amazing growth year for the Red Hook Crit – with more fans, competitors and events than ever before, each stop of the Championship Series has become an electric event: from the epic downpours of the Brooklyn opener, to the high-speed action at Barcelona. Milan continues this year’s growth with the addition of the Women’s criterium, which we’ve happily seen hit every stop of the series this year. 

Milan will also feature the Last Chance Race: once the afternoon’s qualifying rounds and the men’s criterium competitors have been placed, a small group of top qualifiers who didn’t make it into the final criterium are given one last chance to race head-to-head and earn a spot in the final.

The Rockstar Award for Top Antagonist will once again be presented on the podium, awarded to the rider, who without consideration for their final position, most effects the outcome of the race through a combination of tactics, aggressiveness, and sheer strength. 

Best of luck to all the competitors. For anyone in Milan, this race is free to attend and is surely not to be missed. To follow the live race action, check out the official Red Hook Crit App for iOS and Android and for more information, visit the official website, or check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr


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A New Champion Emerges for the Win at Red Hook Crit Barcelona No°2

Rest in Peace, Yeardley Diamond

Posted on September 3 2014, 2:38pm | Author: R* Y | Filed Under: Rockstar

It has come to our attention that a cherished and very talented member of the GTA community has tragically passed away. Fernando Agapito Jr. aka Yeardley Diamond was a YouTube creator who worked wonders with GTAIV PC to create some of the most memorable and beloved original machinima videos in the history of Grand Theft Auto fan videos. Many of you may fondly recall such classic videos of his as “Harlem Shake on Rockstar Games”, “Niko’s Yoga”, “Niko’s Dramatic Reaction” (to GTAV), “GTAIV Gangnam Style” and “Gentleman”.

Since Fernando’s brother Francis confirmed the news of his untimely passing on Facebook yesterday, outpourings of grief and eulogies have been shared at GTAForums, on Reddit, and by GTA fans across social media.

We at Rockstar Games send our sincerest condolences to the Agapito family, and all of Fernando’s friends and fellow fans. Rest in peace, Yeardley Diamond.

 

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